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Like many others in the past, a tweet President Donald Trump made last year has not aged well in light of his announcement that transgender military personnel will no longer be able to serve in the military due to “tremendous medical costs.”
While that assertion is incorrect, according to findings commissioned by the government, Trump’s tweets only add to the mounting criticism he has received since his announcement.
During the campaign, Trump tried to portray himself as an LGBTQ ally, particularly after the Pulse nightclub shooting when he called the attack an “assault” on people’s ability to “love who they want and express their identity.”
Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2016
As you can imagine, people are highlighting the obvious disconnect between what he said in 2016 and his announcement on Wednesday.
Trump announces a ban on transgender people in the U.S. military. Disgusting.— Denizcan Targaryen (@MrFilmkritik) July 26, 2017
This is what he tweeted last year. Trump was never Pro-LGBT. pic.twitter.com/itanTTvpqf
2016 Trump: To the LGBT community! I'll fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.— Charlie (@notcharchar) July 26, 2017
TRUMP, June 2016: I got your back, LGBT community. No one will fight for you like I will when I'm POTUS.— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) July 26, 2017
TRUMP, July 2017: Yeah, about that. pic.twitter.com/jdGPPRZ7Xj
Trump in 2016 to LGBT: I'm a real friend— Stop ⛔️ Racism (@prawirowijaya) July 26, 2017
Trump in 2017 : .. pic.twitter.com/YN2A2T4M0A
In 2016, Trump told the LGBT community, "I will fight for you."— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) July 26, 2017
Now, they're no longer allowed to fight for us.
Trump’s perceived hypocrisy has begun to envelop members of his team, including newly appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump, both of whom touted the president’s pro-LGBTQ views.
I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 2, 2017
According to a Trump administration official, Trump’s decision was not based on costs or the impact transgender service members would have on the United States military but on political calculus.
Just spoke to a Trump administration official about the transgender military decision. Here's what they said... pic.twitter.com/eOWdvlxTfd— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) July 26, 2017
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).